I grew up in Northern California’s Bay Area, out in the East Bay. The town I’m from is called Clayton, but I spent a lot of time in Berkeley and Oakland as a teen. From an early age, I learned that the good people of Berkeley and Oakland have a rivalry with San Fransisco. I never really knew why, so I set out to San Francisco during my college years to find out.
Spent a lot of time in The City (never, ever, call if Frisco) and discovered that people in SF don’t give a shit about Berkeley, Oakland or any East Bay rivalry. They don’t care. Because you see — they save those emotions for LA, which enjoys zero love from San Fran. I’m serious — they hate the sports teams, they hate the traffic and they especially hate the people.
Why? Who cares, that’s unimportant. Just trust me, the hate is real. Sooo…..in 2004, I moved to LA to take a job at the LA Times. I was nervous that LA people would hate me because I’m from NorCal, but here’s the thing — people in LA don’t give a shit about San Francisco. Like, not at all. Hell, most people in LA have never been to San Francisco and couldn’t find it on a map. People in LA only care about LA, which in a way is kind of liberating.
Once I made the switch to the covering music, however, I did detect a new rivalry for Angelenos in entertainment — New York. For some reason, New Yorkers like to proclaim their superiority to LA and brag about their public transportation and magical atmosphere. And for reasons unexplained, they’re always taking shots at us, claiming they are a better music market and have better restaurants and cultural institutions.
Not true. Today we continue our California series with a look at the (completely ridiculous) claim that New York outsells LA in concert tickets three-to-one. I deconstruct why this couldn’t possibly be accurate and break down New York’s misguided superiority complex. Enjoy.